Older adults are good Samaritans to strangers

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Greater generosity in late life may be an avenue for emotional gratification and sense of purpose for the elderly

During our time with home care clients in Denver, we are humbled greatly by the generosity of some of the older adults we work with. Even though they may need some help themselves, giving to someone in need provides us with a sense of satisfaction and purpose.

People tend to become more generous as they age. This certainly holds true when it comes to helping strangers, according to a recent study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Findings from the study showed that while the older adults treat their kin and friends the same as younger adults do, the elderly donate more to strangers than younger adults, even when their generosity is unlikely to be reciprocated.

“Greater generosity was observed among senior citizens possibly because as people become older, their values shift away from purely personal interests to more enduring sources of meaning found in their communities,” explained Assistant Professor Yu Rongjun, who led the study. Asst Prof Yu is from the Department of Psychology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, as well as the Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology at NUS.

Generosity towards strangers is a function of age

Studies have shown that as people age, they are inclined to volunteer more frequently, are more attentive to ecological concerns, and are less interested in becoming rich. However, there is a lack of understanding of the core motive behind such altruistic behaviour. The team led by Asst Prof Yu sought to address this knowledge gap by looking at how social relationships with others influence how much older adults donate in comparison with younger adults.

The study, which was conducted from March 2016 to January 2017, involved 78 adults in Singapore. 39 of them were older adults with an average age of 70, while the other 39 were younger adults who were about 23 years old.

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Home Safety Tips for Seniors

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Due to the growing popularity of in-home care for seniors, it’s important to make sure you and your loved one are aware of the potential dangers present in the home for seniors living alone and prepare accordingly. You can help prevent falls and accidents by making changes to unsafe areas in the home with these tips.

GENERAL HOME SAFETY

The following home safety tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe:

  • Consider a medical alert or a buddy system.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and smoke detector on every floor.
  • Never smoke when alone or in bed.
  • Always get up slowly after sitting or lying down. Take your time, and make sure you have your balance.
  • Wear proper fitting shoes with low heels.
  • Use a correctly measured walking aid.
  • Remove or tack down all scatter rugs.
  • Remove electrical or telephone cords from traffic areas.
  • Avoid using slippery wax on floors.
  • Wipe up spills promptly.
  • Avoid standing on ladders or chairs.
  • Have sturdy rails for all stairs inside and outside the house, or, if necessary, purchase a stairlift.
  • Use only non-glare 100 watt or greater incandescent bulbs (or the fluorescent equivalents.)
  • Make sure that all stair cases have good lighting with switches at top and bottom.
  • Make sure that staircase steps should have a non-slip surface.

KITCHEN SAFETY

  • Keep floors clean and uncluttered.
  • Illuminate work areas.
  • Mark “on” and “off” positions on appliances clearly and with bright colors.
  • Store sharp knives in a rack.
  • Use a kettle with an automatic shut-off.
  • Store heavier objects at waist level.
  • Store hazardous items separate from food.
  • Avoid wearing long, loose clothing when cooking over the stove.
  • Make sure food is rotated regularly and check expiration dates.

We want our home health care clients in Denver to have the knowledge and ability to stay safe in every room of the house while we are not there, this is so important to us.

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Bathroom Safety Tips for the Elderly

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Being able to stay safe in the bathroom is something very important to our in home care clients in Canon City, learning these safety tips can make a big difference. 

INSTALL GRAB BARS Grab bars give you something to hold when you’re getting into and out of the shower. They also offer a way to catch yourself if you’re about to fall. Add grab bars and safety rails to the shower/ tub and near the toilet. Make sure they’re anchored well enough to support an adult’s weight.

ADD NON-SKID SURFACES While skid-proof decals are a step in the right direction, they don’t cover the entire bathtub surface, so slips are still possible. Look instead for a mat that covers the surface of the bathtub floor. Likewise, you may want to add a mat with a rubber backing to the bathroom floor. PUT IN

NIGHTLIGHTS For those middle-of-the-night trips back and forth to the bathroom, nightlights add illumination that can make all the difference between seeing your way safely to the restroom and tripping on something along the way.

LOWER THE WATER TEMPERATURE Set the whole-house water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower so that an elderly person is less likely to get burned.

PROVIDE SEATING Extended periods of standing to brush teeth, wash up for bed, etc., can be wearying to an elderly body. Add seating to the bathroom so a person can sit while getting ready. Likewise, consider adding a shower chair with a rigid back that allows for a seated position while showering. RAISE

THE TOILET SEAT To prevent overexertion from having to go to the bathroom, add a raised toilet seat that makes sitting down and getting up much easier. For anyone with knee pain, hip pain, joint pain, etc., this can be a great, practical way to improve bathroom safety.

HAVE ITEMS WITHIN REACH Whether it’s shampoo and conditioner easily reachable in the shower, or toothpaste and soap easy accessible at the sink, keep items in the places where you use them. This helps eliminate unnecessary reaching, searching and standing — and the potential for accidents that comes with them.

PROVIDE SUPERVISION In some cases, the best and most important way to protect a senior citizen in the bathroom is through the care of a loved one. Whether it’s a relative, friend or home health aide, having someone nearby greatly reduces the chance of serious injury.

BATHROOM SAFETY TIPS FOR THE ELDERLY Creating a safe home environment for senior citizens starts with the bathroom — the place where, for the elderly, most at-home accidents occur. Whether it’s a slip in the shower or tripping on the way to the restroom at night, falls and injuries are especially common in the bathroom. To improve bathroom safety at home, you need to know how to handle the hazards. Here are some important bathroom safety tips to help keep you or your loved ones safe: www.modernbathroom.com

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How to Talk So Your Doctor Will Listen

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Learn these tips before your next appointment


Sometimes our home health care patients in Canon City have a hard time discussing different subjects or issues with their own doctors.
These conversations can be difficult, yet sometimes there is simply a communication gap. Understand this gap and get to know how to talk to your doctor in a way that he/she really truly listens. 

If you’ve ever felt like your doctor isn’t listening to you, it may be true. Studies have found that doctors let patients speak for only 23 seconds on average before cutting them off; in one University of South Carolina study, primary care patients were interrupted just 12 seconds after the physician entered the exam room.

When there’s less doctor-patient dialogue, patients are not only more likely to leave the office frustrated, but they’re also at greater risk of being misdiagnosed. Want to make up for the time crunch? Try these strategies to maximize your office visit and talk so your doctor will listen.

Make a human connection

Before you dive into your concerns, break the ice with a greeting or even a joke. “Doctors are people first, and we’re much more receptive when a patient begins a conversation with a simple, ‘How’s your day going?’ ” explains Katie Neuendorf, M.D., medical director for the Center of Excellence in Health Care Communication at the Cleveland Clinic.

Stay on message

Most doctor visits last 13 to 16 minutes, according to Medscape’s 2016 “Physician Compensation Report,” so after your greeting, get to the point. “Oversharing information unrelated to your medical concerns takes time away from tailoring a treatment plan,” Neuendorf says.

Tell the whole truth

You can’t expect a doctor to listen to your complaints, or adequately resolve them, if you’re not forthright. Tell your doctor about your fear of falling, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction or changes in sleep patterns.

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Top 5 Ways Occupational Therapy Helps Seniors Improve Their Health

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For many senior patients, the most critical part of recovery after treatment or rehabilitation is occupational therapy.

Occupational therapy helps these patients adapt to health issues such as limited range of motion or diminished cognitive ability. Under the guidance of a certified occupational therapist, seniors can relearn how to perform daily activities and, therefore, maintain a certain level of autonomy.

To learn more about occupational therapy and its benefits, review five ways that this unique care improves the health of seniors.

1. Occupational Therapy Makes a Patient’s Home Safer

Occupational therapy focuses on helping the elderly to overcome physical limitations and challenges. As part of that effort, occupational therapists teach patients how to use safety devices. For example, many seniors may have a grab bar and bench installed in their bathtub after a surgery or injury. Occupational therapists can instruct seniors how to get in and out of the shower and to prevent these patients from falling and reinjuring themselves.

Occupational therapists also teach patients how to move around more efficiently. These techniques will help seniors walk around their homes more safely. Over time, these methods help mitigate falls and other related injuries.

2. Occupational Therapy Teaches Patients How to Perform Important, Daily Tasks

Occupational therapists modify their patients’ day-to-day activities, a process known as daily living training. This hands-on learning experience helps seniors understand how to perform tasks according to their range of motion and cognitive abilities.

For example, occupational therapists will teach a patient how to groom, dress, cook, and feed himself or herself. Often, they may teach patients how to use adaptive equipment, such as a one-handed cutting board, to make these duties simpler to perform. The goal of daily living training is to prolong the patient’s ability to do these tasks.

3. Occupational Therapy Focuses on Mental and Physical Health

As seniors age, they experience physical and mental changes that can be disheartening. Arguably, the most important work occupational therapists do is assess their patients’ mental health.

Occupational therapists teach patients psychological coping techniques to help them deal with these changes. In addition, they continually monitor their patients’ cognitive abilities and adapt their rehabilitative care according to those abilities.

4. Occupational Therapy Helps Patients Navigate Their Life With Memory Loss

As part of occupational therapists’ ongoing assessment, they pay close attention senior patients’ memory loss. The sooner occupational therapists start working with memory loss patients, the more they can preserve these individuals’ autonomy. This monitoring is especially important during the early stages of dementia when patients still have a high level of functionality and communication.

Occupational therapists can color-code drawers to help patients locate the items of clothing they need. They can label cabinets to help seniors find plates, glasses, and bowls in the kitchen.

5. Occupational Therapy Empowers Patients and Helps Them Reassert Their Autonomy

One of the most challenging things about illness and injury is a patient’s loss of autonomy. He or she must rely on caregivers, including occupational therapists, home health care providers, nurses, family members, or other medical professionals, to care for him or her.

Occupational therapy effectively re-teaches patients how to maintain their day-to-day life and their overall well-being. Because of this empowering experience, occupational therapy represents a major confidence-booster for senior patients.

 

If you or a loved one requires occupational therapy in Colorado, contact Argus Home Health Care today. Our experienced, compassionate health care providers offer comprehensive home health care services and occupational therapy to improve your life.

We’ll gladly assess your condition, provide you with the care you need, and help you maintain your independence. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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How a Healthcare Provider Can Help After a Hip Replacement Surgery

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Many elderly adults undergo hip replacement surgery in their lifetime. Hip replacement surgery repairs damaged hip joints that usually result from arthritis. If you are experiencing intense pain that limits your ability to live comfortably, your doctor may recommend hip replacement surgery.

This type of surgery is often difficult to recover from because it limits mobility. You can prepare for a smooth recovery by hiring an at-home healthcare provider to assist you.

Here are some ways a healthcare provider can help you recover after hip replacement surgery.

Provide Transportation

Most doctors recommend that you don’t drive for a few weeks following hip replacement surgery. You may need help traveling after your surgery to places like the hospital, grocery store, or physical therapy sessions.

If you don’t have a close family member or friend that can drive you places, consider hiring a healthcare provider. He or she can help you travel to and from appointments and ensure you get to your destinations safely.

Assist with Daily Activities  

The type of methods your surgeon used to replace your hip will determine the amount of weight you can place on your legs. For example, if your surgeon used cement to attach any necessary joint replacements, you may not be able to put as much weight on your legs. After surgery, your surgeon will notify you of any restrictions on your physical activity.

Most patients will require a cane, walker, or crutches to get around for a few weeks following surgery. You may need help with basic, day-to-day activities during this time of limited mobility. A healthcare provider can assist you with getting out of bed, making meals, and walking around your home.

Help You Take Necessary Medications

Most doctors will prescribe a few medications after hip replacement surgery. Some medications your doctor may prescribe include pain and blood clot medications. If your doctor does prescribe blood clot medication, you likely only have to take this medication for up to ten days after your surgery. A healthcare provider can help you remember to take necessary medications if needed.

Help with Exercise

After hip replacement surgery, most patients require physical therapy. Along with physical therapy, your doctor will likely provide you with an at-home exercise program.

Some exercises in your program may include short walks and stretches. These types of exercises help improve your endurance, strength, and flexibility. 

The closer you adhere to your recommended exercise program, the quicker you will likely recover. Once you gain more mobility, your doctor may recommend a more strenuous exercise program, including activities such as golfing, dancing, or biking. A healthcare provider can help you with any exercises your doctor prescribes.

Care for Your Incision

The incision on your hip will normally be closed with medical staples. The doctor will usually remove these staples two weeks after surgery. However, you may experience irritation and bruising near the incision after the staples are removed.

A healthcare provider can help you care for your incision site to relieve discomfort. For instance, if you feel burning sensations near the incision, a healthcare provider can help you use analgesics to relieve discomfort. Your healthcare provider may also need to re-bandage your hip area regularly.

Prevent Safety Hazards in Your Home

If you fall after your surgery, you could damage your hip. Your healthcare provider can help you make your home safe during your recovery. Some modifications may include the following:

  • Cleaning cluttered areas
  • Clearing away loose electrical cords
  • Installing a bench in your shower
  • Moving commonly used items to waist-level, so you don’t have to bend or reach for the item
  • Moving items that you will need from the upstairs or downstairs to the level where you will be staying
  • Securing any loose rugs 

You may want to make these modifications before your surgery. However, if you don’t have time or the ability, a healthcare provider can assist you after the surgery.

Call Argus Home Health Care before your surgery to schedule a healthcare provider for assistance after your surgery. When you prepare for surgery in advance, you can minimize your risk of complications and ensure a safe and smooth recovery.

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Common Diseases That Inhibit Speech in Seniors

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Clear communication with others is essential for anyone at any age, but especially for seniors. When a senior doesn’t have the ability to communicate, he or she may not be able to alert someone of an emergency or injury. Unfortunately, many seniors struggle with ailments that negatively impact their speech.

Seniors who struggle with speech impairments can often cause frustration for themselves and family members. Most often, family members are the first ones to notice early signs of needed treatment.

If your senior family member is struggling to communicate after experiencing one of the following ailments, he or she may need treatment for their condition and their speech impairment.

Stroke Induced Aphasia

Many seniors experience aphasia after suffering a stroke. In fact, the National Stroke Association reports that nearly 25% of stroke victims develop aphasia. When an individual suffers from aphasia, he or she loses the ability to either understand or produce language. In rare cases, an individual may lose the ability to both understand and produce language.

The good news is that many people recover from aphasia and rarely have symptoms that linger after six months.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative condition of nerves in the brain and spinal cord that can cause speech impairments. The National MS Society reports that 50% of MS patients have difficulty communicating. Although most people with MS are diagnosed earlier in life, many seniors struggle with MS as well.

Keep in mind that some patients with MS may have issues with speech they are not aware of. Often, family members are needed to recognize a problem with speech and seek help.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Another disease that often causes speech difficulties for seniors is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.  ALS is usually developed around the age of 58 years old. This disease causes weakness in muscles, difficulty speaking, and difficulty swallowing. Although ALS is currently incurable, patients can often take measures to lessen any speaking difficulties.

ALS patients may also need adaptive aids to communicate, such as a computer or another electronic device.

Dysarthria

Some seniors develop dysarthria or slurred speech. Dysarthria occurs when the muscles used for speech become weak or don’t work properly. These muscles may include the muscles in the mouth, throat, and face. Once an individual experiences a loss of muscle control in these areas, they will usually lose the capacity to speak and swallow.

Along with losing muscle mass, other medical conditions can also lead to dysarthria, like Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Essentially, any disease or injury that causes impairments in the nervous system can result in dysarthria.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease can damage areas of the brain that understand and use language. Most cases of Alzheimer’s disease are incurable and progressive. However, speech therapy can sometimes help improve communication.

Family members of patients with Alzheimer’s disease should be aware that they will need to adjust their speaking patterns to better communicate with their loved ones. For instance, family members may need to use nonverbal cues to communicate with Alzheimer patients, like displaying eye contact and smiling.

When Should Seniors Pursue Speech Therapy?

When possible, family members should help their loved one overcome speech difficulties at home as well as seek professional treatment.

If your family member develops one or more of the above-mentioned diseases, look for the following struggles in day-to-day activities:

  • Difficulty asking for items
  • Difficulty answering questions
  • Difficulty managing medical or financial matters
  • Difficulty avoiding injuries or harmful situations

These may be indicators that your loved one could benefit from speech therapy. Treatment options for speech impairments vary by disease. If your loved one is showing signs of speech impairments, trust the staff at Argus Home Health Care for help. Often, healthcare providers can help seniors deal with or overcome most speech impairments.

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Tips for Staying Mentally and Physically Active

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Maintaining an active lifestyle is important at any age. Exercise and activity strengthen the immune systems and combats depression. But as we grow older, it becomes harder to stay physically and mentally fit.

We often face a decrease in mobility, brought on by ailing joints and fatigue. However, it’s possible to remain active without exhausting our physical limits. Below are some suggestions on how you can be active without putting yourself at risk.

Visit a Senior Center

Your local senior center is a great place to meet new people and establish worthwhile relationships. Most centers offer a variety of amenities, clubs, and classes. Join a book club, or brush up on your technological skills. Play games with other seniors. Intellectually stimulating activities, like playing chess or cards, sharpens your mind while keeping you socially connected to your peers.

Additionally, senior outreach programs give you an opportunity to stay involved in the community. Many senior centers partner with volunteer groups, local businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Community outreach programs offer you a chance to become a positive influence on younger generations. Volunteering can inspire lasting feelings of pride and self-worth.

Utilize Social Networking Sites

A recent study found that the fastest-growing social media presence belongs to seniors, aged 74 and older. Social media platforms, such as Facebook and YouTube, provide global access to communities and networks right at your fingertips.

Social networking sites make it easy to stay connected with long-distance family and friends. With a click of the mouse, you can catch up with former classmates or watch as your grandson takes his first steps.

Get Physical

Physical activity boosts endorphins, making you happy and improving everyday health. In fact, research suggests that exercise can reduce neurodegeneration, putting you at less risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Walking is a simple way to stay active. By taking a stroll, you can explore your surroundings and get a heaping dose of vitamin D. If the weather prohibits you from going outside, take advantage of indoor venues. Visit a museum or an art gallery. Even many shopping malls open their doors to early-morning walkers.

You can also participate in a number of other low-impact activities, such as:

  • Gardening
  • Golfing—improves hand-eye coordination
  • Riding a recumbent bike
  • Stretching—increases range of movement
  • Swimming—relieves bone and joint pain
  • Water aerobics

You can also enroll in the Silver Sneakers fitness program. This fitness program is designed specifically for seniors. It’s a fun way to increase muscle strength and improve flexibility. Silver Sneakers instructors offer a variety of exercise options, modifications, and encourage you to go at your own pace and ability. Contact your local gym or YMCA to see if they offer any Silver Sneakers classes in your area.

Enlist an In-Home Caregiver

For seniors whose health limits their ability to leave the home, in-home caregivers are invaluable resources. In-home caregivers provide companionship and help with everyday tasks, such as:

  • Assisting with basic bathing and grooming needs
  • Maintaining the home
  • Managing medication
  • Monitoring medical needs
  • Preparing meals and feeding
  • Transporting

Some in-home caregivers are registered nurses and licensed therapists. They can offer even more medical and skilled services. Some duties these caregivers perform may include:

  • Blood draws
  • Catheter and colostomy care
  • Dysphagia treatment
  • Fine motor skills training
  • Gait training
  • Injection and IV administration
  • Post-operative care
  • Speech therapy
  • Vital signs and oxygen assessment

With the assistance of a professional in-home caregiver, you can maintain your independence and your health. Contact Argus Home Health Care for more information.

Growing older may limit your physical abilities. But you don’t have to succumb to boredom and isolation when you age. Follow these tips to stay actively engaged.

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What to Expect from Brain Injury Recovery

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Brain injuries present potentially long, tough recoveries. But the long road to normalcy isn’t never-ending. In many cases, full rehabilitation is possible with the right physical and cognitive therapy.

If you or your loved one has suffered a brain injury, know that recovery is not just possible. It’s probable. In order to help you understand what you or your loved one will be facing–and hopefully conquering–we’ve outlined what you can expect from brain injury recovery.

Determining the Severity of the Injury

When a brain injury occurs, the injured person’s survival is the first priority. He or she may be unconscious for an extended period of time. Comas are not uncommon with brain injuries.

Doctors will monitor the person’s breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. Many times, these kinds of injuries cause the brain to bleed, in which case a team of doctors will work immediately to stop the bleeding and reduce the brain’s subsequent swelling.

Once the injured person has regained consciousness, doctors will continue to monitor him or her, then request a CT scan and MRI. These will definitively show the extent of the brain injury and whether or not surgery will be required.

With evidence from the CT scan and MRI, the doctor will next determine whether the patient’s brain injury is mild, moderate, or severe and decide on the injured person’s treatment.

Outlining Treatment and Rehabilitation

Most brain injury rehabilitation takes between six and nine months. After giving immediate medical attention, doctors, nurses, cognitive therapists, and physical therapists will collaborate on a course of treatment based on the patient’s symptoms.

The most common symptoms of brain injuries include:

  • Mental fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Unpredictable anger
  • Moderate to severe depression
  • Difficulty remembering things and forming new memories
  • Inability to focus
  • Lack of physical stamina
  • Limited communication ability
  • Confusion or agitation

Depending the region of the brain that has been injured, there may be other symptoms, such as slurred speech or decreased functionality in areas of the patient’s body.

The patient’s medical team will address most of these immediate side effects as part of an inpatient rehabilitation program in the hospital.

Starting Inpatient Rehabilitation

Acute inpatient rehabilitation combines medical intervention, such as caring for wounds and prescribing medication, with physical and cognitive therapy. It’s done in the hospital under the supervision of a team of diverse medical professionals.

Rehabilitative nurses will assess the patient’s ability for self-care, post-injury nutrition, and bladder and bowel functionality. Physical therapists will help the patient relearn to walk, stay balanced, and move around.

Neuropsychologists will examine the patient’s emotional and psychological response to the brain injury. They also provide regular cognitive therapy sessions while patient is in the hospital. The patient may also require some occupational therapy so he or she learns how to modify and adapt to daily activities.

During inpatient rehabilitation, the medical team’s goal is prepare the patient for discharge. Patients should be able to return to their lives at home where they can develop daily routines, including continued physical therapy and neuropsychology appointments.

Continuing with Outpatient Rehabilitation

After the medical team discharges the patient, the patient begins the long-term process of outpatient rehabilitation. It can take months or even years to fully recover from a brain injury. Regular physical therapy and psychology appointments are critical to long-term recovery efforts. For many patients, home health care may be a necessary part of outpatient rehabilitation.

If you or your loved one has suffered a brain injury, you will probably need help during this difficult time. Contact a Colorado-based home health care service after discharge to help you or your family member keep recovering.

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5 Signs That Your Parent May Benefit From Home Healthcare

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Many people struggle to admit that they need help with daily tasks as they age. In fact, older individuals may see getting help as a loss of independence. If your parent doesn’t want to admit that he or she needs help, how will you know when it’s time? Most often, family members will have to recognize signs that their loved one needs help.

Here are some signs that your parent may benefit from home healthcare.

1. Forgets Important Details

Have you noticed your loved one frequently feeling confused or forgetful? Many individuals begin to lose their ability to remember important details as they age. When your loved one begins to forget significant details, he or she may neglect to take medications, buy food, or visit the doctor.

Forgetfulness could also lead to financial issues as well, such as missed bill payments or fees for unneeded services. If you notice that your parent doesn’t have enough food at home or fails to pay bills on time, he or she may benefit from home healthcare.

2. Struggles With Daily Activities

Your loved one may also benefit from home healthcare if he or she struggles to perform everyday tasks. Some seniors can become frustrated or exhausted when trying to complete simple activities like cooking and cleaning. If you notice that simple tasks seem tiresome or time-consuming for your parent, consider speaking with a healthcare provider.

A healthcare provider can assist your loved one with basic tasks to keep them healthy.

Many older individuals also appreciate help with meal preparation. A healthcare provider can help your loved one plan a menu and cook meals. Healthcare professionals can even go to the grocery store if your parent prefers to stay home.

3. Needs Medical Assistance

Another sign that your parent could benefit from home healthcare is when he or she requires regular medical assistance. For instance, seniors may need help taking medications or operating an oxygen tank.

If your loved one has a sudden loss in weight, seems ill, or lacks energy, he or she may currently not have adequate medical care.

Home healthcare services are a great way for seniors to receive assistance after surgery. Following surgery, older individuals may need help adhering to their doctor’s recommendations, such as taking pain medications or walking short distances. Some seniors may also need help with daily or weekly treatments, such as IV therapy or dialysis.

4. Requires Help With Personal Hygiene

Many personal hygiene tasks are difficult for older individuals. If you notice your parent is struggling with his or her hygiene, contact a home healthcare professional for help. A healthcare provider can assist your loved one as he or she goes to the bathroom, takes a shower, applies deodorant, shaves, or performs any other needed hygiene practice.

5. If the Current Caregiver Needs Assistance

You want your loved one to have the best care possible. However, not everyone can devote the necessary time or resources to older family members. Even caregivers need to take care of themselves in order to provide adequate care for others.

If you are your loved one’s current caregiver, you may not have the time or resources needed to provide adequate care. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to send your parent to a nursing home or assisted living center. Many older individuals are content receiving help in their home.

Consider contacting home healthcare services if you regularly feel one of the following when providing care for your parent:

  • Angry
  • Worried
  • Exhausted
  • Frustrated
  • Irritable
  • Rushed
  • Uncomfortable

Home healthcare providers are trained to care for elderly individuals in ways that might otherwise feel overwhelming to a concerned family member.

Look for these signs to know when your parent could benefit from home healthcare assistance. A healthcare professional can provide your loved one with the care he or she needs to live a happy and healthy life.